Baby bonding – a day with just us

All about Eva

Today has been dedicated to Eva. Mondays and Tuesdays she endures being put down and ignored while I pander to Ethan’s whims, she gets handed around, driven around, taken to Ethan’s groups, and she plays second fiddle to a demanding toddler. Then there are the days when Ethan is at nursery and I’m trying to […]

Here we go a-blackberrying!

Blackberrying was fun - and making the blackberry muffins was just as good!

On a list of top things to do with kids, blackberrying has to be up there with the best. This summer has supposedly been one of the best for foraging for berries and wild fruits, so we’ve been busy picking, and eating one of the most popular. Two crumbles down and with a bowl of […]

Preparing for school – the parents’ guide

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Next September Ethan will start school, and although he still looks and acts like my “baby”, we have to take charge and start thinking about where we’d like him to go. The problem Guy and I face is that we have absolutely no idea what questions we should be asking, being the clueless uninitiated parents […]

“When I grow up I want to be pretty” – avoiding gender stereotypes

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For the past eight weeks we’ve been seeing pink  – since the arrival of baby Eva we’ve had dresses and bunnies, blankets and bibs all in different hues of the colour. Rose, baby pink, shocking pink, magenta, cerise and fuchsia. ‘She’s beautiful’, ‘she’s gorgeous’, ‘she’s pretty’, people have remarked. And now Ethan has decided that […]

Post-holiday blues

Perhaps I expected too much, but a reluctant toddler has led me to post-holiday blues

There are things that you should know about going on “holiday” with children. I’m afraid I was not 100% prepared for what happened with our son last week, and I was perhaps a little nonchalant about thinking we’d be having a restful and enjoyable time all together. Firstly. A “holiday” is a complete misnomer. What it was really: a […]

Top Euro Mummy Bloggers

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I’ve been blogging for just over four months on the trials, tribulations, money saving tips and joys of parenting, and I’ve just discovered that I’ve been nominated for Voiceboks’ Top Ten Euro Mom Bloggers. This is exciting for me because when I think of Europe, I think of a pretty darn big place, with plenty of […]

Stepping out of the routine for a moment

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I like to think of myself as pretty spontaneous. In my younger days I’d take off at a moment’s notice on some road trip, or stay out until all hours, meeting new people, seeing new places. With children, being spontaneous is difficult. Currently on a week’s holiday on the Cornish coast, I’m realising, once again, […]

A coastal holiday with kids – 10 things you should take

A wetsuit. Check. Ball. Check. Bucket and spade. Check. Roll on an awesome coastal holiday!

As you read this I will be sunning myself (or getting wind-burn) along the coast of Cornwall. Polperro has long been a family retreat for us as I spent many a joyful childhood holiday in this picture-postcard harbour village and the lack of cars and limited access to technology certainly refreshes the mind! This is […]

Innocent killers – why children and guns do not mix

No child should have to handle a gun - let alone be given "lessons" with a submachine gun.

When I was a child my dad made me a two-dimensional wooden gun from a piece of old plywood he was cutting up. He created it lovingly with his jigsaw, and it was and still is one of my most memorable toys. I didn’t have a particular fascination with guns, it’s just I thought it […]